Bloomberg Law
July 12, 2018, 7:45 PM

No Head of EPA Toxics, Pesticides Office Expected Any Time Soon

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

The Trump administration may have difficulty recruiting experienced candidates to lead the agency’s chemicals and pesticides office after the brutal confirmation process prompted a previous nominee to withdraw.

“There aren’t going to be a lot of people who want to go through what he went through,” Robert Sussman, a former senior policy counsel at EPA, told Bloomberg Environment, referring to Michael Dourson, the former nominee tapped to oversee chemical safety at the agency.

Dourson withdrew his nomination last December after some Republican senators joined Democrats in raising concerns about possible conflicts of interest he had and allegations ...